• The Ness of Brodgar, Orkney - image by Scott Pike

Visit the Ness of Brodgar in 2023

The dig dates for the 2023 excavations at the incredible Ness of Brodgar site have been confirmed, meaning you can start planning your archaeological adventure to Orkney.

A multi-national team of experts will return to the sprawling site in Orkney’s West Mainland for much of July and August next year, with the excavation set to be open to the public between Wednesday, July 5 and Wednesday, August 17.

It’s hoped the fabulous guided tours will be back once again too – they’re traditionally held every weekday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The Ness of Brodgar is one of the most fascinating archaeological excavations in the world. The 5000-year-old site is found in the centre of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site, next-door to the Ring of the Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness.

Digging started in 2004 with a huge complex of Neolithic buildings slowly being revealed each year since.

A visit gives you the chance to see ancient history being uncovered in-front of you, and the guided tours provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about the site and Neolithic Orkney.

The dates are subject to funding being secured. Keep your eye on the official website for more information. You can also find more details about visiting the site too.

In the meantime, if you want to support the project, you can buy books, postcards, replica carved stone balls and much more online, safe in the knowledge that the Ness and Orkney's amazing archaeology will benefit directly. Donations can also be made online.

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